Friday, 24 November, 2017

Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

Kelley Robertson | 02 June, 2017, 01:59

Trump's National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster refused to talk about the allegations, but said that generally speaking, "we have back-channel communication with a number of countries".

"He needs to answer for what was happening at the time", Booker said.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he tweeted.

Morell said he "is much more interested" in finding out whether Trump associates said to Russian officials before the election than after.

President Trump is once again seeming to reject the intelligence community's collective conclusion that Russian Federation tried to interfere in last year's election, saying in a tweet early Tuesday morning that such claims are simply "a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election".

"Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names". Shortly after the election, Kushner is reported to have discussed setting up a secret communications channel with the Russian government to facilitate sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria.

Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, about creating the secret line to make it easier to hold sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Kushner's interactions with Russians - including Kislyak and an executive for a Russian bank under USA sanctions - were not acknowledged by the White House until they were exposed in media reports.

"That is not a back channel", he argued.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early March recused himself from the Justice Department's Trump-Russia probe following The Washington Post reporting that he had twice met with Kislyak while a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January about his contacts with Kislyak. He offered to stay through the President's first foreign trip to ensure there was a smooth transition as he exited, the Washington Post reported.

In a statement given to the New York Times, Mr Trump praised the "great job" Mr Kushner is doing.

Dubke started in February as Trump's second communications director.

Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into any connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Back in January, only weeks before Donald Trump became President of the United States, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that Trump may regret his habit of taking potshots at the intelligence community's competence due to its conclusion that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Kelly appeared on "Fox News Sunday", NBC's "Meet the Press" and ABC's "This Week", Schiff also spoke on ABC, and Booker was on CNN's "State of the Union".

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